Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ready to go, whatever happens

Dear Annie: I’ve been in an abusive marriage for nearly 15 years, and I can’t take another day. My husband has never hit me. It’s all mental and emotional abuse. He calls me horrible names in front of our children. He has constant tantrums where he screams, throws things, breaks things and threatens me, saying […]

Old news disturbs the present

Dear Annie: I beg you to tell adult children not to massage their curiosity and egos by milking the accursed Internet to chase down the other end of their parents’ ancient love affairs. I recently got a 75-year-old memory bomb — a phone call from the daughter of an old flame from the 1930s. I had […]

Bad blood in the face of tragedy

Dear Annie: I am a 66-year-old male. Six months ago, I lost my life partner, my love of 33 years. I was at “Michael’s” hospice bedside 24 hours a day. I always thought I had a good relationship with my partner’s family, especially his sister, “Josephine.” But a few days before his death, Josephine told […]

He’s made his choice

Dear Annie: My grown son is an alcoholic. It has not interfered with his job so far, but it seems to be getting worse. His father drank himself to death, and I’m so worried he will go down the same path. He absolutely won’t discuss it. Last Mother’s Day, he promised to give up drinking, […]

Doesn’t see a way out

Dear Annie: I’m 63 and fat, have been divorced for 20 years and live at the poverty level on social security. I am depressed and do not see the point of anything. My three adult children are grown and are truly great people. I see all of them about once a week. I also have […]

They’re all a huge disappointment

Dear Annie: I’m in my late 50s, divorced with no children, and have acquired a fairly substantial estate. A year ago, I decided it was time to put my final documents in order. I looked to extended family members to divide my estate, but decided to test them first. I contacted my sibling and then […]

Blaming the wrong person

Dear Annie: Two months ago, I discovered that my husband had been texting and calling my oldest son’s girlfriend. My son told me about it after his girlfriend asked him, “What’s wrong with your father?” She said it began last June, but claimed it was only one phone call and a few texts. It made […]

Suffering and alone

Dear Annie: I am one of 12 siblings, but the only one with multiple sclerosis. For two years, I have been without work, so I sit here daily, hoping for a visit. I know my siblings are busy, because I see photographs on social media of their many travels and moments I can only imagine […]

Chrysler adds a sporty touch

Sometimes nothing beats a large American sedan, and the Chrysler 300 has long been one of the crowd favorites. There are many different versions of the 300 and Chrysler has tried to infuse each with a slightly different flavor. We chose the 300S to see how the sedan has changed in the 10 years that it has […]

She keeps taking what they give her

Dear Annie: An acquaintance of mine (I’ll call her “Minnie”) drops by our home once a week and stays for several hours. If we offer her a beer, she protests a little bit, but then says, “Well, OK,” and then asks what kind of wine or liquor we have. She somehow makes it seem as […]

More senseless wrap-related fights

Dear Annie: My sister and I have always been close. Usually, little things are forgotten, but on two separate visits, “Susan” and her husband caused me a great deal of anxiety. The first was three years ago, when they came in for her husband’s birthday. I planned a party at a nice restaurant, bought gifts […]

Two cats too many

Dear Annie: My daughter is getting a divorce and moving into an apartment that allows her to have two cats. The problem is, she has four cats. She asked whether I would take two of them. I live in another state. It would be difficult to get the cats here, and I don’t think I […]